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Latvian Rare Silver (.875) and Cut Glass Large Centerpiece Bowl, 1927-40


This is an exceedingly rare and stunning centerpiece with very unusual design and construction.

The glass bowl is an extraordinary example of cranberry glass cut to clear. It is a very thick piece of glass with exceptional deep cuts to create this work of art. The uppermost outside rim has a pyramid cut allowing for the cranberry decoration to form a series of triangles around the edge

The next row of decoration is a one-and-a-half inch thick display of repeating star designs between large double X's. In the flat interior of the bowl is a magnificent display of a pheasant. At the base is a small basket with handles decorated with balls from which a lovely display of flowers flow. Standing on the basket is the pheasant, proudly posed with its impressive plumage.

Using various glass cutting tools, the glass cutter creates various clear and almost cameo looking details, especially on the bird. Unfortunately, our photography only partly captures the quality and beauty of the glass.

The base is a wide, shaped pedestal with a wire edge. When one looks underneath, one sees that all the straps and handles are secured with pins and screws through the base where they connect.A series of eight straps secured to the base are shaped at the top to hook over the rim of the bowl to secure it. Dramatic ball decorations are added to the tops of the straps.

The handles are very impressive in size and are boldly designed. The mass and shapes of the handles are unusual with the handles being just over an inch wide at the top. Appliques and balls are used to decorate the handles which also rise from the base and clip onto the bowl.

This exceptional piece is fully hallmarked on the base with Latvian hallmarks including the 875/1000 silver purity and assay mark. We have not been able to identify the 'NA' maker's mark. Each of the straps have also been assayed.

This rare centerpiece measures 19.5 inches across the handles by 6 inches high. The glass measures 12 inches in diameter. The condition of the silver and glass is excellent.
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